Prepared for June 1st, 2009 U.S. Border ID Requirements?



    
                         Keep Travelling, Keep Saving
         Canadian land border duty free operators remind Canada-U.S.
                Travellers of upcoming border ID requirements
    

    OTTAWA, May 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Prepared for new June 1st, 2009 U.S. land
border identification requirements? Canada's land border duty free operators
are encouraging travellers to keep on exploring our vast shared continent, and
to keep on enjoying the tremendous duty free savings available at major
Canadian crossing points across the shared border.
    "Our continent is a vast expanse of rugged beauty and shared history that
millions of Canadians and Americans alike explore each year by automobile,"
said FDFA Executive Director Laurie Karson. "With a bit of preparation and the
right identification, we can continue to cross the Canada-U.S. border with
ease."
    Starting June 1st, 2009, those travelling by car into the U.S must carry
a WHTI approved document -- a valid passport or an Enhanced Driver's License
-- or be a member of a trusted traveller program such as NEXUS, Sentri, U.S.
PASS Card (for U.S. citizens only) or FAST. These requirements apply to all
travellers over the age of 18.
    With the WHTI requirements first outlined several years ago, many
Canadian and U.S. citizens already have secured new IDs, meaning fewer
backlogs for those applying today and smoother transfers at the border now and
in the future.
    "With so many of American and Canadian customers now obtaining their
passports, U.S. Customs has indicated that clearance to get through customs
will be faster and could mean reduced waiting times," said Len DaSilva of West
Coast Duty Free Store, Surrey, B.C.
    Canada's 28 land border duty free shops offer Canadian and American
travellers crossing major Canadian land border points the unique opportunity
to save duty and taxes on hundreds of ordinarily expensive products, including
alcoholic beverages, fragrances/cosmetics, jewellery, beer, and many other
high-end products.
    "It is a fantastic time for U.S. citizens to come to Canada, especially
with the current U.S. dollar exchange hovering around $1.25 to the Canadian
dollar. On their way home, Americans are encouraged to stop by a Canadian duty
free store for tremendous savings on products they love," said Ms. Karson.

    
    Travel Identification Requirements for Canadian Citizens

    - Complete information on U.S. land border identification requirements
      for Canadian citizens is available from the Canada Border Services
      Agency at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/whti-ivho

    Travel Identification Requirements for U.S. Citizens

    - Complete information on U.S. land border identification requirements
      for U.S. citizens is available from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol at
      www.GetYouHome.gov
    

    About the Frontier Duty Free Association

    For more information on the Frontier Duty Free Association and where
Canadian duty free stores are located, please visit its Web site at
www.dutyfreecanada.com.




For further information:

For further information: (media enquiries only): Laurie Karson,
Executive Director, Frontier Duty Free Association, (613) 233-1946

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